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Texas Society Chili Cook-Off Set for Sunday

Aug. 12, 2008 – The 24th annual Texas Society of the Virgin Islands Chili Cook-Off will be "burnin' up" the beach Sunday, Aug. 17, at Brewers beach. There will be music, dancing, games and lots of delicious chili.
Prizes, donated by local businesses, will be awarded to the top 10 chili cooks and the top three vegetarian-chili cooks as well as for large and small group showmanship. One winner will be chosen to represent the Virgin Pod at the national cook-off in Terlingua, Texas.
There's still time to enter. A $25 entrance fee is required for every contestant, and cooks may register up to the night before the event. Each cook is allotted a 10 x 10 spot on the beach, a goodie bag, serving products, a case of water, a case of Coors Light, a cook's T-shirt and an invitation for two to the cooks' dinner. Ten pounds of meat (to use for the cook-off only) is available free to each cook when requested in advance. All judged chili must be cooked on the beach and ingredients will be inspected before cooking. Chili to be served to the public may be cooked in advance. Contestants must turn in their competition chili at noon; no chili can be served to the public until the competition cups have been turned in.
The music kicks off with island-favorite Nicky Russell and will include the Boschulte School steel pan band, the Outlaws from St. Croix and the Barefoot Davis Band. The Coast Guard will do a rescue demonstration on the water, and there are plenty of games for kids as well as adults. Those with a hearty appetite can sign up for the Hooters chicken-wing eating contest.
Parking will be available just across the street in the Reichhold Center's parking lot, and a $1 parking fee will be charged, which will go directly to one of the Texas Society's charities, St. Thomas Rescue. To ease traffic, parking will not be allowed on the road in front of the beach. Those that can arrive from the west are urged to do so for easier access to the Reichhold entrance.
Sponsors include: Coors Light, Evian, Island Beachcomber, Fortress Storage, The Buzz, Hovensa, Merchant's Market, Certified Angus Beef and Billy Dee's Special Tees. All proceeds are donated to local charities: Dial-A-Ride, St. Thomas Rescue, Family Resource Center, VIPA, the local chapter of the Red Cross and the Queen Louise Home for the Aged.
For more information, call 474-0019 or 473-8706.

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Aug. 12, 2008 - The 24th annual Texas Society of the Virgin Islands Chili Cook-Off will be "burnin' up" the beach Sunday, Aug. 17, at Brewers beach. There will be music, dancing, games and lots of delicious chili.
Prizes, donated by local businesses, will be awarded to the top 10 chili cooks and the top three vegetarian-chili cooks as well as for large and small group showmanship. One winner will be chosen to represent the Virgin Pod at the national cook-off in Terlingua, Texas.
There's still time to enter. A $25 entrance fee is required for every contestant, and cooks may register up to the night before the event. Each cook is allotted a 10 x 10 spot on the beach, a goodie bag, serving products, a case of water, a case of Coors Light, a cook's T-shirt and an invitation for two to the cooks' dinner. Ten pounds of meat (to use for the cook-off only) is available free to each cook when requested in advance. All judged chili must be cooked on the beach and ingredients will be inspected before cooking. Chili to be served to the public may be cooked in advance. Contestants must turn in their competition chili at noon; no chili can be served to the public until the competition cups have been turned in.
The music kicks off with island-favorite Nicky Russell and will include the Boschulte School steel pan band, the Outlaws from St. Croix and the Barefoot Davis Band. The Coast Guard will do a rescue demonstration on the water, and there are plenty of games for kids as well as adults. Those with a hearty appetite can sign up for the Hooters chicken-wing eating contest.
Parking will be available just across the street in the Reichhold Center's parking lot, and a $1 parking fee will be charged, which will go directly to one of the Texas Society's charities, St. Thomas Rescue. To ease traffic, parking will not be allowed on the road in front of the beach. Those that can arrive from the west are urged to do so for easier access to the Reichhold entrance.
Sponsors include: Coors Light, Evian, Island Beachcomber, Fortress Storage, The Buzz, Hovensa, Merchant's Market, Certified Angus Beef and Billy Dee's Special Tees. All proceeds are donated to local charities: Dial-A-Ride, St. Thomas Rescue, Family Resource Center, VIPA, the local chapter of the Red Cross and the Queen Louise Home for the Aged.
For more information, call 474-0019 or 473-8706.